The STEP Model is geared towards motivating schools to engage and integrate technology in their daily teaching and learning processes. The model thus employs a dual approach where students get an opportunity to build basic ICT and 21st century skills and also empowers teachers to leverage technology in classroom teaching.
During the 2018-19 academic year the programs is running in 358 government schools by Sikshana and the Education Department will run the same program in 57 Karnataka Public Schools with Sikshana facilitating the implementation. The program aims to positively impact over 30,000 students during the year.
Technology Integrated Teaching: This aims to motivate teachers to take greater ownership and use technology in the classroom. Teachers are provided laptops with open source, curriculum aligned, audio visual content wrapped in a framework called Sikshanapedia which the teacher can use in the classroom to enrich the students learning experience. The content is hosted through a local server and delivers content via web browsers. The program also provides for a Projector or a LCD Television for use in larger classrooms.
Integrated Digital Literacy: Students from 4th to 8th classes work on group-based projects acquiring not only ICT skills, but also 21st century skills. These Projects are curriculum aligned and allow the students to build depth in their ICT/subject skills. Student groups work independently on these projects with guidance from teachers and mentors. Student groups will use an offline portal where they will be able to login, report status of their projects and submit their outputs. Students will also be able to view a visual representation of the competencies they have acquired as they complete their projects. The offline portal will include a feature to upload student groups’ progress to a central server. The projects give students an opportunity to showcase their digital portfolios to fellow students and the community.